WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown met this week with Sergeant Daniel Burgess, a Marine veteran from Garfield Heights who was wounded while serving in Afghanistan. Burgess testified yesterday before the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, which was holding a hearing on the Fiscal Year 2013 Guard and Reserve Budget. Brown is a member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
“Ohio’s wounded warriors—like Sgt. Daniel Burgess—have earned the thanks and respect of a grateful nation. It’s critical that veterans throughout Ohio and across the country have access to the resources needed to heal, recover, and continue to enrich the communities for which they have sacrificed,” Brown said. “With Memorial Day approaching, we must all remember to express our gratitude to the men and women that have served our country in uniform. I am proud to fight for veterans like Sgt. Burgess each and every day as a member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee.”
Sgt. Burgess and his family live in Garfield Heights, but they are presently staying in the Fisher House at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX, while Sgt. Burgess receives care for injuries he sustained when he encountered an improvised explosive device (IED) in Afghanistan. Sgt. Burgess enlisted in the Army Reserve in June 1996, participated in operations in Kosovo, and was deployed to Afghanistan as part of the 350th Psychological Operations Company, based in Twinsburg. He received his Associate Degree from Cuyahoga Community College in 2010, and is currently enrolled at Cleveland State University.